The road trip model – Stinson SR-9 Reliant, AMT 1/48
I am in Florida, having competed in the Top Gun RC meet a few weeks ago. My son lives not far away from where the meet was held, so we came to visit. It was only supposed to be for a few days, but has turned into a few weeks. It turned out that everyone here has to work or go to school during the day, which left me with nothing to do! Hadn’t anticipated that – being retired is great until you’re bored!
Enter my friend Jack, who just happens to live not far from my son. I met him several years ago through iModeler and we get together for lunch whenever I’m here, which usually turns into a trip to his home to yak about model airplanes, more model airplanes and life in general. He appreciated my predicament, and offered his traveling model box and a couple of kits to keep me occupied. The box was built for building at shows or model get-togethers and has what’s needed to do a kit. In the box were a Stinson SR-9 and a Cessna 150. I’m a s****r for old airplanes and I’ve worked on too many 150’s to find them interesting, so I chose the Stinson. So into the car went the travel box and Stinson and I was off.
The kit is the old AMT 1/48 Stinson. As far as I know, no one else kits this airplane. It shows its age, with some things like the cockpit being pretty good, while others such as the wheels and the propeller looking thing being not so good. The doors can be posed open, but in the name of simplicity, I left them closed. They didn’t fit well, requiring a little filler. A lot of parts didn’t fit well, but at least there aren’t many of them!
Once I had the airplane assembled, I discovered the wheel spats were missing. Since they are needed to attach the wheels to the landing gear strut, I fabricated axles from straight pins, but really didn’t like the kit wheels. The Stinson I worked on years ago had nice non-spatted spoked wheels, so I wanted to go that route. I figured a set of P-51 wheels would work, and Jack came to my rescue again with a set from his stash.
The box art depicts a white / gold / green scheme that really didn’t do anything for me. I had planned this one to be red from the start, and once more, Jack came through with a rattle can of Tamiya Italian Red.
The model is now complete, though I still need to get decals for it, and finish up things like highlighting panel lines, picking out nav lights and such. I’ll do that when I get it home next week. Build log is here if anyone is interested:
And thanks for all your help, Jack! I appreciate it more than you know!
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